DCNR grant funding opens for 2023 conservation projects | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 28, 2023

Last year, the program awarded approximately $90 million to more than 330 local and community projects statewide, according to the department.

DCNR to host ‘first day’ hikes at Pa. state parks to boost health, foster connection to public lands

BY: - December 20, 2022

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced this week that it will host nearly 60 guided hikes in 34 state parks and three forest districts on New Year’s Day as part of the nationwide “First Day Hike” effort to promote a “healthy start in the new year.”

DCNR to host grant application workshop

BY: - October 11, 2022

DCNR is accepting applications for its Community Conservation Grant Program through Oct. 27 with a new round of grants available to applicants beginning on January, 17, 2023. 

DCNR launches Pa. fall foliage report

BY: - September 29, 2022

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources launched its annual fall foliage report, giving tourists - and residents - the ability to track changing foliage across the commonwealth and find the best spots for viewing the colorful leaves.

Wolf admin announces location for three new state parks

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Wolf administration announced in July that there would be three additions to the commonwealth’s state park system, bringing the total number of state parks from 121 to 124, but at the time, details about the locations of the parks were not yet public. 

Sheep graze between and under solar panels that help power Susquehanna University in south-central Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Owens Farm)

DCNR on track to get 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2030 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 24, 2022

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said on Wednesday that it expects to "use 28.7-gigawatt hours of electricity by 2030 with a plan to have the department produce 15.5-gigawatt hours and purchase 13.2 gigawatt hours — all from renewable energy sources."

Environmental watchdogs petition DCNR to remove access fee on oil & gas well database

BY: - July 24, 2022

“Oil and gas well records should be available to all Pennsylvania's citizens, not just a select few citizens with the ability to pay DCNR's exorbitant charges,” a petition to DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reads. “We the undersigned demand DCNR stop charging citizens $5,500.00 to access the EDWIN database.”

State officials, advocates ask Legislature to fund waterway protection | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 11, 2022

"Growing Greener III and the Clean Streams Fund need to be prioritized this summer as lawmakers debate a new fiscal spending plan," a statement from PennFuture, an environmental advocacy organization, reads. "Those two proposals would direct $750 million towards clean water, conservation, and open space funding."

Capital-Star Q+A: Nathan Reigner, Pa.’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation

BY: - April 17, 2022

To learn more about him, the role, and the future of outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, the Capital-Star joined Reigner on a hike in Weiser State Forest in northeastern Dauphin County.

Pa. Budget 2022: DCNR says $638M budget ask will add staff, address aging infrastructure

BY: - March 3, 2022

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told the Senate Appropriations Committee that her agency would use the funds to address current infrastructure needs, which total more than $1.4 billion, according to the department, and complete other recreation and conservation projects.

DCNR outlines 2022 priorities, banks on the future of outdoor recreation in Pa.

BY: - January 26, 2022

This year, “2022 is going to be our biggest and best year yet,” state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told an agency advisory panel. She added that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for an “elevated” investment in Pennsylvania’s public spaces, which saw record use during the COVID-19-induced lockdowns.